Anti-Yorkshire Ambulance Service demo

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Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Demonstrators have used a giant wheel of fortune to accuse the ambulance service covering Hull and East Yorkshire of “gambling” with the lives of patients.

The protest outside Portcullis House in Westminster on Tuesday, organised by Unite, the biggest union in the country, was designed to warn MPs about Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s use of emergency care assistants.

Unite says emergency care assistants are being used to cover patient emergencies, even though they are nowhere near as well trained as paramedics.

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, says the union has received a significant number of complaints from patients and the ambulance service must make sure its decisions do not put people’s lives at risk.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service cuts have been causing anger in the region for several months. During the summer it was revealed that there had been a rise in the number of emergency patients who had to wait longer than 60 minutes for an ambulance.

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Published: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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